Timberline Lodge, OR, Report: Silky Spring Skiing and Touring Toward the Summit of Mt. Hood

Brent Thomas | BackcountryBackcountry | Conditions ReportConditions Report
Looking beautiful in the morning. Credit: SnowBrains

Report from Tuesday, May 24th, 2022

It had been about three weeks since I had been skiing, so I was pumped to be able to hit up Timberline Lodge for some late May turns. 

I checked their website the night before and found out the lifts start spinning at 8 AM, not 9 AM like I thought. I made a plan with my friend Walt to get up there a little earlier. The forecast called for scattered clouds in the morning and then increasing during the day. The high temperature was projected to be in the mid-forties.

Definitely spring skiing.

When we got to the resort, there was not a cloud in sight. 

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Driving up Timberline Road. You can’t call that a cloud, right? Credit: SnowBrains

We had plans to ski the resort as well as do some touring above the lifts toward the summit of Mt. Hood. Given the strong May sun, we were worried it may soften the snow too quickly and we would miss the perfect corn snow window.

We decided to take a run to test the surface conditions. It was hard and fast. Definitely froze overnight. The vibrations from the corduroy gave my feet a nice massage.

The first run was hard and fast. Mt. Jefferson in the background. Credit: SnowBrains

We took one more run, then jumped on the Palmer Lift to get as high as we could before we had to start skinning. 

Mapping out our plan. Credit: SnowBrains

After about an hour of skinning, we got to the top of Illumination Rock

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Illumination Rock is a satellite summit on Mt Hood at about 9,500 feet. Credit: SnowBrains

The snow was still hard, which had made for good skinning, but it wasn’t ready for skiing yet. We could tell it was softening up, but some wind was keeping the conditions winterlike.

Waiting for the snow to soften. Credit: SnowBrains

We ate a snack and took in the views.

Looking out toward the south we could see Mt. Jefferson and the North Sister in Central Oregon. Over on the north side we could see Mt. St. Helens, which had just celebrated its 42nd anniversary of when it erupted.

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Mt. St Helens in the distance on the left. Credit: SnowBrains
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The terrain gets a little more technical if you climb higher up. Credit: SnowBrains

As we waited, the forecasted clouds started to come in. We were worried that they would cause the surface to refreeze, so we decided it was time to ski.

The descent was fun, but not the soft corn we had hoped for. It got softer the further down we skied.

Me on the descent. Credit: SnowBrains

We re-entered the resort and ripped a silky soft groomer down to the bottom of the Stormin’ Norman lift. 

Down lower it had softened up considerably and we spent the rest of the day skiing softened snow on The Magic Mile and Palmer Lift. The skiing was good. The views were fantastic. The stoke was high, and Timberline is set up well for an awesome summer of skiing.

Credit: SnowBrains

Snow Numbers

Credit: Timberline Lodge 5/25/22


Credit: NOAA 5/25/22

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